North Carolina Botanical Garden


Annual Jenny Elder Fitch Memorial Lecture: The Foodscape Revolution

Brie Arthur, Horticulturist and Author


Online registration has closed, but don't worry! Some seats (plus standing room) will be available at the door.


Sunday, November 4

2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Reception and book-signing to follow


Visionary horticulturist Brie Arthur joins us for a presentation on her signature design technique of foodscaping, a sustainable landscape practice that integrates edible and ornamental plantings to create beautiful and functional gardens. Working with everyone from home gardeners to public school systems, Brie is changing the way green spaces are designed and utilized. Encouraging everyone to think outside the box, Brie will discuss how pairing edibles in a traditional ornamental landscape increases biodiversity and adds purpose to underutilized, everyday spaces. Brie will highlight the best edible and ornamental planting combinations, and attendees will get a sneak peek of scenes from her next book, Gardening with Grains (Fall 2019), which shows how beautiful, sustainable, and easy it is to grow your own carbohydrates.


Free; preregistration required.


CEUs: This program confers 1.0 Continuing Education Unit for NC Landscape Architects.



Online registration closed at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 2, but a limited number of seats will be available at the door. Questions? Contact us.

About the Speaker

Originally from southeastern Michigan, Brie Arthur studied Landscape Design and Horticulture at Purdue University.  With more than a decade of experience as a grower and propagator at leading nurseries such as Plant Delights and Camellia Forest, she now combines her passion for plants and sustainable land management by communicating the value of gardening across the US. Brie has been dubbed a revolutionary for her leadership in the suburban Foodscape movement and for her work with public schools. With her debut book The Foodscape Revolution becoming a best seller on Amazon, Brie looks forward to sharing gardening tips with audiences who are excited about the future of growing with ecological, economic and nutritional sensibility. 

Brie is leading the national suburban Foodscape movement; a model of community development that incorporates sustainable, local food production. She speaks internationally on a variety of horticulture topics and is a correspondent on the PBS television show Growing A Greener World.  As Vice President of Horticulture at Gardenuity, a direct to consumer on-line gardening company, Brie is able to use her plant knowledge and extensive grower network to reach consumers nationally. 

In 2017 Brie was awarded the first ‘Emerging Professional’ distinction by the American Horticultural Society and was named in GPN’s class of 2016 “40 under 40”. Brie serves as GWA (Garden Writers of America) National Director of Region IV representing garden communicators across the southeast US.  As founder of Emergent: A Group For Growing Professionals, Brie encourages an open dialogue and networking opportunities between seasoned professionals and rising green industry members. She sits on the Executive Committee for the International Plant Propagators Southern Region and is on the board of directors for the North Carolina Botanical Garden Foundation. Her second book, Gardening with Grains published by St Lynn’s Press, will be available in 2019.

For more information about Brie, visit

About the Fitch Lecture

Named in memory of Jenny Fitch, local plant enthusiast and passionate gardener, the Jenny Elder Fitch Memorial Lecture takes place each fall. Mrs. Fitch passed away in 1995. The endowment for the lecture series was graciously donated by her husband, R.B. Fitch, in 1997 after friends and family sent scores of memorial gifts to the Garden. We have been able to bring a renowned gardener or horticulturist to Chapel Hill each year since 1999 to present the Jenny Fitch lecture.

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Reeves Auditorium

Allen Education Center, Building A
100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517